Michelob AmberBock - Anheuser-Busch

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68
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656 Reviews
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Reviews: 656
Hads: 1,667
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 16
Gots: 180 | FT: 1
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: unclejimbay on 08-16-2001

Michelob AmberBock is brewed using 100% malt including dark-roasted black and caramel malts and all-imported hops.
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Photo of vg_beat
2.22/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I made this profile just to review how awful this beer is. Basically take a watered-down light beer and throw in some food coloring and this is what you'd get. Head immediately goes away (unlike the thick head in the photo on the case), and description on the bottle is so far off reality I think they probably plagiarized it from some actual beer. Truly a beer for men who want to look like men, but wish they were drinking a Zima instead. (440 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.34/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-amber color with a small white head that was gone soon after the pour
S-roasted aroma yet some sweetness
T-Roasted malt taste with a light bitterness in the aftertaste that gets sweeter as you drink more
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-Solid beer with nice taste that gives you more. (292 characters)

Photo of Hops303
3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured out an amber goldish color. Decent head. Didnt stick around too long though.

Smell: Not too much at all here. Mildly sweet and grainy. Hint of alcohol. Thats really all I could pick up. No sense of hops in the smell what so ever.

Taste: It was good. Sweet and easy to drink. Very mild flavor with a touch of caramel and almost a bit of bitterness but not in a hoppy way. More like a burnt chocolate manner. Very easy to drink though and would be easy to put a couple back.

Mouthfeel: Very light and thin.

Overall: I enjoy it, not as anything special, but when I want a cheap non flavorful beer, I would pick this anyday over pretty much anything else ab mass produces. (691 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
2.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours out a very brilliant copper color, very clear. Good two finger head that is short lived.

S - Very slight sweet aroma that somewhat intensifies as the beer warms a bit.

T - Very light but hints of caramel and sugars, absolutely no hops noted as any used were completely dominated by the sweetness.

M - Like drinking beer flavored water. Very thin to say the least.

O - A nice appearance, but overall just a non-descript American Lager with coloring added.

I bought this beer to use as a reference color for my homebrews and while it is certainly drinkable, there is just no compelling reason to consume it regularly, especially considering that it is hardly a bargain. (682 characters)

Photo of justme62
4/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like it!! :) had a good buzz going at 30oz. :). (and i weigh in at 240 pounds.) i'll have another one!
i am a novice drinker even though i am in my 60's and never really cared for beer. this one drinks nicely and was enjoyable to drink. my little brother has much more experience with beer (and drinking in general) and i am going to ask him to taste this one. is that enough letters now??? (392 characters)

Photo of belllarry
4.75/5  rDev +63.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As an early "boomer," I was a sucker for PBR-Bock (seasonal - can). Michelob, Amberbock is better quality at the right price... Excellent beer relative to my tastes. I like a darker tasting, heavier beer but not more than one traditional Guinness. (247 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant amber with a frothy cream head that leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

Toasted malt, slightly fruity and bready, with light floral hop character. Seems a little metallic.

Flavor is toasted malt throughout, with notes of caramel accompanying light citrus and floral hop character. The finish is a tad dry. Nuttiness surfaces as it warms.

Body is a little watery, with moderate carbonation.

Not a whole lot there, but a decent malt backbone that has more character than most of their offerings. (518 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.11/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this was the only beer I had at the big bud brewery in st Louis that wasn't vastly improved by being on tap fresh at the source. the pour was nice enough, clear copper in color, a little rusty, with over an inch of bubbles on top. the nose was sweet caramel malts, extract though, and a little thin. no hops at all on which to comment. the taste is the same, extract and thin in that sort of messed up home brewing kit manner, that I just cant get over. its a lot better than the ultra amber, but that isn't saying a whole lot. its got the same malt profile, which in this type of bock, needs to be a whole lot better. also the lager yeast here seems off, if it is in fact lagered. the finish is a contaminated sort of bitterness, and it sits funny in the belly, just not a great beer all up. got a sappy feel to it despite its upbeat carbonation, I may never drink this again, and I am more than okay with that. (912 characters)

Photo of WaffenSS
4.18/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint glass of this beer on tap. Only tried it because the bar I was in had the usual swill on tap and this was the only interesting beer. Not a fan by any means of ANYTHING brewed by A-B, but l like bock and wanted to give it a try.

Color is a darker amber, the taste was actually pretty good. Not really a bock beer imo, but a good dark lager would be a more appropriate type. Has a sweet, malty taste with a clean, refreshing finish. This would even be a good summer beer as it has that clean, lighter taste for a "bock" beer. I would even buy a case of this...not bad at all. (585 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Michelob : AmberBock

LOOK: Ontap poured into a 24oz mug. They asked if I wanted a the big one, I said of course. Amber colored brew with a short lived white foam topping.

SMELL: Malt and grains are present with a mild sweetness in the aroma.

TASTE: Freshly kilned toasted malts are the focus of this brew. A touch of roast, mild citrus note from processed hops, the beer finishes in a sweet fashion reflecting watery caramel. Mild is the theme here, and this is closer to a mild than a bock on flavor.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth feel, a bit thin and watery, but well carbonated. There is really no finish to this beer, it's kind of like drinking a carbonated iced tea.

OVERALL: Nothing offensive here, this is just a mass produced, standard dark lager that quenches the thirst during hockey and pizza. Can't complain. (824 characters)

Photo of bullwinkle88
3.79/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gotta say I really like this beer. Its appearance is very dark, with a thick frothy head. I poured it into a glass with a rounded bottom, per the instructions, and the head retained for the length of my drinking. Really nice malty taste. I could have a ton of these. I've always enjoyed Michelob Light as one of my favorite Macros, as its a good balance of taste and drinkability, but I've never really experimented with the offerings of the Michelob brand. Mich Lager is like a beefed up Budweiser, but not so amazing that it needs to be tried. The RYE-P.A. was a tasty but short lived experiment, and michelob ultra is no good at all. But the Amber Bock was something I've passed by for years without trying and I'm glad i gave it a shot. The hallertau hops are a great smelling variant and the caramel malts are loud and proud here. You may be surprised how tasty this is. Its a beer that I feel I could grow tired of if its all I ever had, but then again that can be said with just about anything. You really ought to give this a try as I feel this is something that could be discontinued with lousy sales and I really would miss it. (1,139 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear dark amber with an off-white, finger width head. Sub-par retention. Little in the way of surface sheeting, mostly crowding around the edge of the glass. Virtually no lacing to speak of.

Smell - Sweet aroma. Light caramel. Slight grain. Not much.

Taste - Very light on flavor. What is there is sweet and malty, touching on moderate caramel and hints of grain. Starts and finishes much the same.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with decent carbonation. Crisp bite. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Hardly what most would consider to be a good bock. It may not even be considered average by many. In the very least, it's inoffensive. Needless to say, my childhood curiosity has been snuffed, though not sated. I imagine this is the first and last time I will ever drink this beer. (821 characters)

Photo of Ilafan
2.86/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look. Michelob stinks. You know it. I know it. The American people know it. In fact, their Ultra could be the worst beer made in America today. However, this Dark Lager Amber Bock isn't half bad. My expectations were very low for this, but I was encouraged with the darker pour. No smell of any note is present. As for taste, it is clean and fresh. There is a slight splash of vanilla or caramel in the taste, and the after taste is refreshing. Will I ever spend the $5.99 for a six-pack on this again? Only if I am broke. But for the price, it's not bad. Still, if I want cheap beer, I'll take Pabst Blue Ribbon or Grain Belt Premium. (635 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
2.95/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours into pint glass a clear amber to light brown color with a bubbly tan head that settles fast.

S: Some brown bread, raisins, huskiness, with some band aid aromas. Hops are not noticeable but roasted malt is represented decently.

T: Some caramel, and brown bread with slight fruity esters and no perceived hops. Light metallic taste not desireable though.
M: Light to medium body with extra crisp carbonation.

O: Meh! Tasty enough to not complain about it much but still having that mass produced feel to it. (517 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark copper with a two-finger slightly off white head. Left no lacing.

S - Starts off with a little bit of cinnamon then it tappers off to a small amount of rice and corn.

T - Pretty minimal. Some very slight toasted malt and creamed corn. Virtually nothing else.

M - Thin watery body with heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, It pretty much tasted like a dark adjunct lager. I could have it with friends or to wash food down but I doubt i'd have it in any other situation. (484 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a very dark amber.brown color with a half inch head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice lacing.

Smell - Feint aromas of roasted malts, butter, and bread.

Taste - It has a nice sweetness to it which seems different from other beers.. Roasted malts, buttery caramel, nutty, very bready, and a slight fruity essence in the finish. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - Easy to drink on. (460 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.2/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive deep amber in color, with limited suds and no real lace to speak of.

Nose is subtle, with hints of fruit and a lightly roasty tone. Not much here, though.

Flavor is malty and sweet, even watery, but smooth. I get a hint of roastiness in the malts, as well as some touches of dried fruit. This one's subtle, and most definitely lacking in complexity, but, nonetheless, a decent choice as opposed to the usual adjunct lager swill. (441 characters)

Photo of Trent15
4.43/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had it both in a bottle, and on tap. It pores like other bock styles, nice dark/rich color and moderate size head. The aroma had a maltiness to it, with almost a chocolate hint. The finish is a heavier, filling taste while still keeping you wanting more. It's my favorite winter time, by the bon fire beer. It gives you all the fill you want without being completely bitter and so heavy that you feel like you need to take out a knife to cut through it. (458 characters)

Photo of kshizzle101
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Very dark amber in color with a 2inch off-white head which does not linger.

S - smells faintly of hops, roasted malts, and some dried fruits - plums maybe?

T - tastes of malts and dried fruits which adds a good amount of sweetness. Some slight hoppiness at the beginning and follows up with malt backbone at the end

M - Light bodied, good carb. about right

O - Nothing spectacular but not poor tasting. A little bland (466 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
2.33/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It seems as if Amber Bock has been weakened over time. This bottle poured a weak brownness and missed the blackness of old. The scent was of sweet malts but sort of metallic on the nose. The taste was weak, no burning overtones, or malt backbone to speak of. I remember this was a rather tasteful beer at one time, one I was embarrassed to say I liked, but I believe that Michelob has changed the recipe to keep costs down and Amber Bock has suffered because of it. (465 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.76/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Amber-brown color, clear. Lots of fine carbonation rising up. Soapy head. Leaves a little lacing behind.

Aroma:
Barley malt, sweet, slight toasted, crisp.

Taste:
Sweet barley malt up front, caramel, toasted, slight roasted nut. Hop bitterness is very mild. Crisp finish. Body is light, crisp, a little dry, very smooth, well carbonated. (351 characters)

Photo of jucifer1818
3.2/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: a darker color than other beers of this price, but still, its pretty stone cold avragness

smell: decent. nothing offensive, but nothing that I really enjoy. Avrageness yet again

taste: once again, its just ok. Ive drunk this by the pitcher before, and it had been good nights, but nothing I expressly enjoy

mouthfeel: whatfeel? not much here eather. I'm sorry to run on a tangent, but this is average yet again.

overall: 4/5

wait, why that rating? I said that this beer is the perfect example of a perfectly average beer
price point makes me add an extra point. even at the shittiest bar, this beer is still available, and is always a cheap, easy to get option.
If funds are tight or options are low, get this beer
you at least, will not be disappointed (but nor will you be impressed)

if you can get another brew do so
thats all I have to say about this one (876 characters)

Photo of Winston_Smith
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: After the head recedes, it looks a lot like cola, maybe a little prettier. Amber Bock pours a dark... well, amber. Not an ugly brew, being kind of translucent-dark when held up to a light but quite bubbly.

Smell: Colds keep bothering me when I'd like to review beer, but I smell roasted barley, and some general mild earthiness.

Taste: Good, with more flavor than a typical macro, even if it is somewhat watery.

Mouthfeel: Again, it's not quite as thick/creamy as some other bocks I've tried. Very drinkable, but somewhat watered down to others of the style. It might be a tad over carbonated, too. As with lots of other beers worth drinking, it gets better when it isn't as ice-cold.

Overall: I've been going to this one for a while as the only dark available on tap in a few pubs I've frequented. Reasons being: far more flavor than you would get from the macro straw-colored beers available, and less expensive than a truly nice beer. She's my go-to middle of the road dark. Quite a cheap date, Michelob Amber Bock. (1,034 characters)

Photo of ToddL
2.95/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I end up drinking this dark beer more than I would like because it is usually available everywhere and is sometime the only dark around. The appearance and smell are average the taste has nothing that offends . A little watery. But still better than a lighter lager in my opinion (279 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This particular beer had a malty scent underneath a hearty head that stuck around for quite a while. I tasted a distant flavor of caramel, but it was mostly bitter from the hops. Overall, it looks great in the glass but was lacking from a watery taste that was mostly bitter. (275 characters)

Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.